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Falcons' softball senior pioneers honored

Southeast conference teams chosen

Posted: May 28, 2012 - 12:03am
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Michelle Manning checks a Ketchikan runner at third before throwing to first base.
Michelle Manning checks a Ketchikan runner at third before throwing to first base.

Some were there when the first pitch was thrown out, some climbed on base along the way, but all six of the graduating Thunder Mountain High School softball team gave a little bit of uniqueness to the 2012 Falcons’ program.

On Saturday at Dimond Park the TMHS seniors were honored during the last home games of their career and last games against Sitka and Ketchikan in a gathering of the Southeast Conference.

Before the seniors were recognized, the small school softball Southeast All-Conference teams were announced. They included Falcons senior Devyn Kubley and junior Casey Hansen; Ketchikan juniors Faith Clark, Lizzie Carson and Alyson Walker; and Sitka senior Bethany Lowrance, junior Stefania Petrzuski, sophomore Megan Reid and freshman Sid Riggs. Sitka and Ketchikan qualified to play at next weekend’s state championships.

The Falcons lost both weekend series to Sitka and Ketchikan. The night, however, was about six young ladies that brought honor to the Falcons.

Their senior bios were compiled by coaches Jorge Cordero, John Boucher, Chuck Gordon and Gretchen Kriegmont.

Sydney Krebsbach is a first year player and has lived in Juneau for 14 years. She plans to attend UAS next year. Krebsbach’s favorite memory of softball this year is traveling with the team, and showing off her new dance moves the team taught her. Sydney admires her parents and finished her senior year with excellent grades.

Sarah Nierra is a part of our original team. Nierra has a great work ethic, positive attitude, and continues to grow as a player. Nierra has lived in Juneau for 12 years and played softball for three. Sarah wants to thank her Mom, and Lance. She plans to go on an epic road trip before starting college. Her favorite memory of softball is Michelle’s mini-plunger forehead hickey.

Janessa Sanbei was born and raised in Juneau, and has been a part of the Falcons team since the beginning. Sanbei’s greatest accomplishment is graduating from high school. Sanbei wants to thank her Mother who has done so much for her. Janessa plans to attend UAS this fall and her favorite softball memory is the giant game of spoons on the ferry trip to Sitka.

Jordyn Campbell came to the Falcons’ program two years ago from Sitka. Campbell’s bubbly personality added a lot to the Falcons’ team. Campbell will be attending Fort Lewis College in Colorado next fall. Campbell admires her father, loves her mom and of course, her baby brother Jack. Jordyn will miss her teammates dearly as her favorite memories of softball are all the team trips.

Jeslie Villaverde showed her leadership this year. Jeslie’s skills and knowledge of the game have grown tremendously. Villaverde became a wonderful catcher and a big sister to many of the younger players. Jeslie has lived in Juneau most of her life and feels her greatest accomplishment is “surviving” high school. She wants to acknowledge her Mom who has sacrificed so much to get her to where she is today. Villaverde’s favorite memory is of getting her first homerun at Melvin Park last year on her birthday. Jeslie leaves for the Philippines next week for a year-long visit with her family.

Devyn Kubley grew up playing softball in Juneau. Kubley is this year’s captain and has shown determination both on and off the field. Kubley wants to thank her parents, especially her Mom, who is the head of Booster Club, and really helped to make our team successful. Devyn will be attending UAA with some of her softball teammates from past years. Her favorite softball memory is when her Juneau All Stars team traveled to Arizona after winning state. Coaches stated that Kubley truly impacted their lives, and the lives of all her teammates. Kubley’s work ethic, flexibility, and leadership are some of her most admirable qualities. Kubley considers herself a third baseman but has spent much of the last two years as the Falcons’ pitcher.

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